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June 12, 2019

I.   Register Now for the One Day Mini Conference
II.  First Responders’ Workers’ Comp Re-Write Advances in Assembly

I.  Register Now for the One Day Mini Conference

Friday, June 14, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Conference Center at Mercer
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550

For more information on the Mini Conference including Registration and Credit Details please visit the Mini Conference Website.

II. First Responders’ Workers’ Comp Re-Write Advances
    in Assembly

On Thursday in Trenton, the Assembly Appropriations Committee has scheduled S-716/A-1741, companion bills that make it much easier for any public safety worker – volunteer or professional – to receive a workers’ compensation award. The League has joined the Municipal Excess Liability (MEL) fund in opposition to the bill, as currently drafted.
The bill would create the presumption - rebuttable only with “clear and convincing” evidence - that if, in the course of employment, a police officer, firefighter, emergency responder or nurse is exposed to a carcinogen or pathogen, that any subsequent injury, disability, chronic or coronary illness or death is compensable under workers’ comp.
The change, from the current “preponderance of the evidence” standard to a “clear and convincing” rebuttal, will make it nearly impossible to contest such claims. The lower standard will result in more claims. More claims will lead to more awards. And more awards will impose greater costs on property taxpayers.
Please see our June 6, 2018 Urgent Alert  for more details on this proposal, which will be positioned for final approval, if released by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday.
Please contact you Representatives in the General Assembly and urge them to oppose the bill, as currently drafted.
Contact: Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst,, 609-695-3481 x121.

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